Kaala Paani on Netflix has some excellent female characters. The focus of the show was on sensitive men who go out of their way to protect their children, but a few strong female characters were battling every day as they were trudging through the epidemic and trying to do the right thing for people around them.
Who is Jyotsana Dey?
Jyotsana was one of the leads of Kaala Paani and left quite an impact in the first season. Jyotsana’s character in the show commenced her journey as a friend of Vinayak. She has returned to Andaman after many years to sell her family’s property. Her reunion with Vinayak was sweet, but there were many unanswered questions between the two. They were nonetheless happy to be in each other’s company after many years. Jyotsana was a nurse by profession, something she always wanted to be as a young teen. Unfortunately, she has a tragic past that involves medical negligence followed by the death of a close friend. Jyotsana suffers from panic attacks since the tragedy, which hampers her daily life. Jyotsana and Vinayak find solace in each other, and there is love blooming between the two after many years.
Why did Vinayak and Jyotsana get separated?
Vinayak was an environmental conservationist who was headed to the other side of the island to investigate a strange phenomenon involving crocodiles. As they separated for what they assumed would be a brief period, they were not keen on repeating history and decided to keep in touch using a walkie-talkie. Vinayak and Jyotsana want to make up for the years they have lost. Vinayak may have had feelings for her back in school, and he most likely still harbors them. Jyotsana and Vinayak got hold of a cost-effective way to keep each other informed about their whereabouts.
Jyotsana had hoped to stay in Port Blair and help with the epidemic situation. She runs into Vidisha and Parth, who were stuck in the city while their parents were in Neil Island. Jyotsana took it upon herself to be their guardian in the hope of keeping them safe and healthy. Her profession did not allow her to abandon the children, especially Vidisha, who was an epilepsy patient.
How did Jyotsana make sure Vidisha and Parth remained safe?
As a nurse, she was a resourceful person, but she finds it hard to navigate through the abandoned town looking for Vidisha’s medicines. Her constant communication with Vinayak kept her sane and helped her find better ways to deal with the situation. Jyotsana and Vinayak had no option but to seek out their old acquaintance, Basu Uncle, who lives inside an old Japanese military bunker. This person was known to have isolated himself from civilization, much like the Oraka. Jyotsana and the kids are not initially treated well by Basu, whose hostile nature brings morale down. Their bond eventually became deeper when Basu narrated about his life amongst nature and why he preferred it that way. Jyotsana and Vinayak keep updating each other frequently, if not regularly.
Were Vinayak and Jyotsana in love?
Vinayak and Jyotsana were clearly in love. Their journey to seek each other seems to be filled with many barriers. While Vinayak was still busy with the work assigned, Jyotsana made sure Parth and Vidisha remained safe and uninfected. To her shock, Parth gets infected, and he leaves the bunker for everyone’s safety. Despite the number of setbacks both she and Vinayak had faced all this time, they neither lose their sense of optimism. Their end goal was to meet at Port Blair and probably decide what they meant for each other. Jyotsana also had to finish her job of making sure Vidisha reunites with her father. The positive attitude of Jyotsana cancels all the negativity that she was surrounded by. She slowly gets over the tragedy she has faced and only concentrates on making sure Vidisha is not infected.
Does Jyotsana get to meet Vinayak?
Port Blair was the meeting point for almost everyone in the show, and Jyotsana was one of them. She and Vinayak had planned to meet at the school where they studied. This school compound was being used as the evacuation point for millions of uninfected people. Jyotsana got along with Dr. Ritu to discuss the presence of ‘Andamania Echnemia’, a plant that was the cure for the LHF-27 disease on a distant island. Jyotsana was balancing between helping Ritu and wanting to meet Vinayak.
As Kaala Paani Season 1 comes to an end, Jyotsana runs into Vidisha and learns of her infection, which she informs Santosh about. Santosh’s trauma from losing his wife and son to this disease led to him becoming a protective father. He did not want to lose Vidisha as well. As Jyotsana planned to inform the authorities about Vidisha’s condition, she was choked to death by an angry Santosh. He was not ready to be separated from his daughter and Santosh did not think twice before killing her. Jyotsana’s only plan was to meet Vinayak and probably reveal her feelings for him. Vinayak wanted to convey the same to her as well. The only memory he will have of her is the ‘Andamania Echnemia’ they planted together in the school compound as a part of a class project and named it Jyotsana. It had flourished into a full-grown plant in the last seventeen years. Jyotsana’s death will most likely be a looming narrative throughout the next season. Vinayak will run a parallel investigation into her death to find her killer. Jyotsana’s untimely death came at a point when there were two people relying on her presence in their life. With her gone, Vinayak and Ritu will have to figure the journey on their own. Jyotsana’s passing will leave a void in Vinayak’s life, as they deserved closure.